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In The Second Shot Roger Sheringham tackles his most extraordinary case - the mysterious death of popular man-about-town, Eric Scott-Davies. In this, the story of a murder rather than the detection of a murder, the fatal shooting at Minton Deeps Farm is revealed to be no sportsman's accident as was first supposed. And the police investigations turn up fresh scandal about Scott-Davies - his affair with a local femme fatale, Mrs de Ravel. In the end, the murderer reveals himself and his motives to us... AUTHBIO: A journalist as well as a novelist, Anthony Berkeley was a founding member of the Detection Club and one of crime fiction's greatest innovators. He was one of the first to predict the development of the 'psychological' crime novel and he sometimes wrote under the pseudonym of Francis Iles. He wrote twenty-four novels, ten of which feature his amateur detective, Roger Sheringham.
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`Anthony Berkeley is the supreme master not of the "twist" but of the "double-twist".' -- The Sunday TimesAbout the Author:
Born in 1893, Anthony Berkeley (Anthony Berkeley Cox) was a British crime writer and a leading member of the genre's Golden Age. Educated at Sherborne School and University College London, Berkeley served in the British army during WWI before becoming a journalist. His first novel, The Layton Court Murders, was published anonymously in 1925. It introduced Roger Sheringham, the amateur detective who features in many of the author's novels including the classic Poisoned Chocolates Case. In 1930, Berkeley founded the legendary Detection Club in London along with Agatha Christie, Freeman Wills Crofts and other established mystery writers. It was in 1938, under the pseudonym Francis Iles (which Berkeley also used for novels) that he took up work as a book reviewer for John O'London's Weekly and The Daily Telegraph. He later wrote for The Sunday Times in the mid 1940s, and then for The Guardian from the mid 1950s until 1970. A key figure in the development of crime fiction, he died in 1971.
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Book Description House of Stratus Ltd, 2001. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P11075510207X